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December 13, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – December 13, 2020

       Rev. Loren Kotman…. Minister   Third Sunday in Advent    

Preparation for worship: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Ps. 100:1-2

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prelude     

*Responsive Call to Worship (LUYH p. 81)

        Pastor:     All who come near and far                                                            People:  Come and worship

        Pastor:     All who thirst for God                                                                    People: Come and worship

        Pastor:     All whose hearts overflow with gratitude and hope People: Come and worship

        Pastor:     All whose hearts may be filled with despair or grief People: Come and worship

        Pastor:     All who come with doubts or questions about life in Jesus  People: Come and worship

        Pastor:     Through the grace of God’s Holy Spirit                                     

        People:    Come, worship Christ, the newborn King

*Opening Hymn: #354:1,3,5 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

*Opening Prayer & God’s Greeting

Lighting of the Advent Candles:

   -Children’s Message: Kathy Mouw & Connie Grevengoed (1st & 2nd grade may come up)

  -Advent Reading and Lighting of Candles: Makenna, Kyrin, Mya

  -Advent Hymn: #337:1-3 “Joy to the World”    

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

God’s Will for Our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Hymn of Assurance: #110:1,2,13 “Behold the Lamb of God” (LUYH)

Intercessory Prayer

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

*Hymn of Preparation: #90:1-4 “How Great Our Joy” (LUYH)

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read:  Hebrews 11:1-16

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Longing for Home”

Prayer of Application

WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD

*Hymn of Application: #346:1-5 “Once in Royal David’s City”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Hymn: #337:4 “Joy to the World! the Lord Is Come”

*Postlude     (Please allow students/teachers to exit first)

Your offering for 1. Christian Ed Fund; 2. Bethany Christian Services can be placed in the

offering plates on your way out.

*indicates congregation stand – pianist: Evan Schroeder

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Lynn & Linda Anderson, Deacon Dan & Lisa Poppema

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Sean & Stephanie Baccam, Elder Glen & Tami Scholten  

NURSERY TODAY: Amy De Jager, Nicole Van Berkum, Dason Vant Hul, Riley Grevengoed, Ashten Winterfeld

NEXT SUNDAY: Lisa Kats, Cindy Te Slaa, Taryne De Groot, Chandler Pollema, Ashlyn Grevengoed

USHERS FOR DEC.: Travis Kooima, Bryce Veldman, Tom Sheffield, Justin Pollema

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated

on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Christian Ed Fund; 2. Bethany Christian Services

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Hull Food Pantry

NEXT SUNDAY: Sioux City Gospel Mission

POWER POINT TODAY: Konner                                   NEXT SUNDAY: AM Arlene; PM Jason/Kirk                         

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Rick                                     NEXT SUNDAY: Cody

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Jay & Donna                 NEXT SUNDAY: Kevin & Janice

CORRESPONDENCE: Everyone is encouraged to write Christmas/New Year’s greetings to our missionaries (those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the church directory, page 1, under “Missionaries Supported”.)

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM             Worship Service

 10:45 AM             Sunday School/Catechism Classes (grades Beg-6th meet in front of church)

 10:45 AM             Christian Ed Meeting in the nursery

   3:00 PM             Sunday School Christmas Program

MONDAY

   6:30 PM             Elder’s Meeting

   7:00 PM             Deacon’s Meeting

   7:30 PM             Congregational Meeting

   8:00 PM             Council Meeting

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December 13, 2020

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL: “Stir up your might, and come to save us!” prayed the psalmist (Psalm 80:2, NRSV). Welcome to worship in Advent, as we await our Savior. A nursery and quiet room are available in the basement. TV’s are available so that the service can be viewed. We invite everyone to join us for fellowship & coffee after the morning service in the church basement.

TODAY the 1st and 2nd grade class will be invited to come up front for the children message.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PRACTICE: Please have all beginners through 6th grade Sunday School students meet at the front of church for Christmas Program practice after the morning service.

SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS beginners through 6th grade please meet in the basement today at 2:45p for the Christmas Program.

THE EVANGELISM COMMITTEE will not be meeting this month.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held on Monday at 7:30p. The agenda and budget are in the church mailboxes.

THE EAST HALF of the sanctuary is designated as a social distancing area during services. Both East and West halves will be seated every other bench until full, at which point remaining people will be seated in empty benches on the West half.

MISSION GUILD UPDATE: Several months ago, a questionnaire went out to all members of Mission Guild. The majority expressed a decision to wait with meeting until after the new year. For those who have indicated a desire to begin meetings again, Mission Guild will be starting Bible study on Wednesday, January 6, finishing the study book on “John’s Letters”. We will do Lesson 9.

ADVANCED NOTICE: Our Old Years’ service is scheduled for December 31 at 7:00p.

THANK YOU to everyone for your prayers and concerns. My treatments are all finished. -Jim Oostenink

THANK YOU: We would like to thank Pastor Kotman, Pastor Klompien and Elder Larry Wielenga and all those who took time to pray for, send cards and visit our dad/grandpa in the hospital and nursing home. He loved the visits and cards. Thank you to Pastor Kotman for taking the time to check in with us also to see how we were doing with some of the decisions that had to be made during this difficult journey. Thank you to the Care Group who helped out during our family time after the visitation. We appreciate all that Hull First has done for our family during this difficult time in our dad’s passing. Many blessings to you during this Holiday Season!

                                                                                    -Marlin & Leah Schoonhoven & family

                                                                                    -LaRae, Angela, Miranda Bloemendaal

THANK YOU: We would like to thank everyone who has been praying for us, making meals, sending cards and offering help in any way possible during this difficult time in our lives. We would also like to thank Care Group #9 for the beautiful lantern in memory of Jace. It’s so nice to have such a supportive church family. -Ben & Bailey Vant Hul

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

We extend our Christian sympathy to Lou Krommendyk and all who mourn the passing of her sister-in-law, Harriet Sikma, of Allendale, Michigan on Wednesday. Harriet was an aunt of Lois Salazar.

Belle Draayer is still a patient at the Sioux Center Hospital recovering from a mini stroke. Continue to pray for improvement. Visitors are allowed one person at a time.

Pray for Galen Drent as he continues to recover from his back and neck injuries. He also recently tested positive for Covid.

Matt De Wild continues as a resident at Royal Meadows in Sioux Center. Pray for recovery from a bed sore and that he will be able to return home by Christmas.

Continue to remember Linda Tiedeman in your prayers as she recovers from her recent surgery.

Bob and Sharon Soodsma are grateful for all your prayers and concern when they had Covid. Pray that God would restore their energy.

Continue to pray for Judy Wesselink’s dad, Bernie Driesen, as he struggles with the aftereffects of Covid. Bernie was moved to the swing bed unit in the Rock Rapids Hospital.

Dave Vande Griend is scheduled for knee replacement surgery on Monday in the Sioux Center Hospital. Pray that the surgery goes well and for healing.

Pray for all those in this congregation and beyond who are struggling with Covid.

Remember all those in our congregation who are confined to their homes as well as those in nursing homes or in assisted living as they are unable to have visitors at this time due to COVID-19. This is a difficult time for them so a phone call or a note from members of the congregation would be appreciated!

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Darlene Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, Al & Jacoba Rens, Goldie Veldman; Rock Rapids Lyon Manor: Jo Westra, Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats; Christian Retirement Home: Lou Krommendyk, Johanna Van Surksum; Royale Meadows in Sioux Center: Ed Scholten; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS

We remember Bernie Driesen, brother of Nella Driesen, as he deals with the aftereffects of Covid. Bernie was moved to a swing bed unit in the Rock Rapids Hospital.

Please pray for Janet Steiger, Pete and Jennifer’s mom in Washington. She recently suffered a brain bleed and had several falls as a result. She has been receiving treatment in ICU and will probably be moved in the next couple of days to a facility where she can receive proper therapy. Pray for healing and strength for Janet and wisdom for the children as they determine the next steps.

We remember Leo, son of Greg and Jasmine Boer, who continues to receive nutrition through a feeding tube. We pray that he can grow strong and that his upcoming surgeries to repair his esophagus go well.

Mae Vis, mother of Paul Vis, continues to recover from her stroke as well as Covid-19. We pray for her restoration and full healing.

We keep Bob and Beth Marks in prayer as they continue to recover from Covid-19. Bob has returned home on oxygen.

We remember Marcus Masen as he goes through chemo treatments.

Pray for strength for Jan Bakker as she goes through chemo treatments.

We continue to pray for those who are recovering from Covid-19 or have family members that are dealing with this illness. We pray for healing and are thankful for so many that have recovered.

We pray for our families. Some have significant challenges in their lives for a variety of reasons. Let us pray for peace, stability, healing, and restoration.

We pray for those who join us in worship from their homes. Whether they are unable to attend or are taking appropriate precautions due to age or illness, we pray for the Lord’s presence and care in their lives.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

   HCS Board is looking for nominations of individuals to serve. If you know of someone who would make a great board member to help carry out the mission of Hull Christian School, please contact a current board member or Mr. Ten Pas.

    

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOVE INC is looking for a class facilitator for their Boundaries class that will start in January. The study is based on the book with the same title by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Training and curriculum are provided by Love INC. We are also looking for mentors for our Faith and Finances class. Mentors will walk alongside class participants and help them apply what they learned in class to their personal finances. Requirements are basic understanding of financial management practices and systems, ability to hold people accountable and a passion for helping people develop financially healthy lives. Classes run for 12 weeks between January 19 and April 6 every Tuesday evening. For more information please call the Love INC office at 712-476-5990.

DORDT: Due to capacity limits this season at home games, Dordt Defender general admission tickets & seat reservations for season ticket holders must be made online by visiting https://www.dordt.edu/athletics/tickets. There will be no walk-up tickets available.

 

INSPIRATION HILLS has a full-time year-round Buildings & Grounds Manager position and a part-time Housekeeping Manager position. Details, benefits and qualifications can be found at www.inspirationhills.org.

BIBLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL has a volunteer opportunity for a Spanish/English translator to assist BLI with the translation of documents or other forms of communication between English and Spanish in order to engage more donors and partners in Bible League’s ministry in Latin America. Contact DVanSwol@bibleleague.org.